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Best Recommendations? [Apr. 19th, 2010|04:21 am]
Kelly J. Cooper

Friends and neighbors, what would you recommend as the best way to record a phone-based (and therefore voice-based) interview?

I have:

  • A land line
  • A cell phone
  • An Internet connection (via a cable modem)
  • A slightly creaky computer running XP
  • A Skype account but no Skype credit
  • A Gmail account but no Google Voice
  • A small hand-held tape recorder (and tapes)
  • A small budget (about $40 or so in my PayPal account)
  • A deadline for set-up and testing of 6pm-ish on Tuesday (THIS Tuesday)

The subject lives in California and will presumably be calling me via land line or cell.


[User Picture]From: sbisson
2010-04-19 05:49 am (UTC)
I use Skype and the low cost Pamela Recorder plug-in for most of my interviewing these days. It's easy to use, quick to set up and records straight to disk for later transcription, where you can use any of a range of transcription tools for controlled playback

The alternative is a $12 or so device that connects to your phone socket, between the socket and the phone, and drops audio into the recorder. You should be able to pick one up at Radio Shack.

However the quality of the first option is so much better than the second, that I've unplugged all my recording adapters!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-04-19 11:57 pm (UTC)
Excellent, thanks, this was perfect. Completed the download & set up & testing, everything seems to be in working order.

If it works well, I'll actually buy it!
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[User Picture]From: wirrrn
2010-04-19 06:31 am (UTC)

Landline with a tape recorder and a "bug" mike attached to the phone speaker works best for me...
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-04-19 11:58 pm (UTC)
I may pick one of these up as a backup.

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[User Picture]From: kimberlogic
2010-04-19 10:36 am (UTC)
I would say landline since the line quality is likely to be the best of your options. Is there a way to hook up the tape recorder too so you have a back up?

Beyond that, I might say Skype - and I don't know if it is enough to help but I could throw $10 to you for Skype Credit.

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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-04-19 11:58 pm (UTC)
S'okay, I bought some Skype Credit so I'd have it and downloaded Pamela, per sbisson's suggestions and that seems to be a good set up.

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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-04-19 11:59 pm (UTC)
Because I'm interviewing the person for an article and don't want to stick him with the phone bill.
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[User Picture]From: robotech_master
2010-04-19 05:43 pm (UTC)
I personally use VoiceEmotion for recording my Voice-Over-IP calls (and have a Google Voice/Gizmo5 account so that I can make and take landline calls through VOIP). I have the $50 "deluxe" version of VoiceEmotion, which records each side of the conversation in a separate audio channel—very useful for cleaning up podcasts, or for reviewing just the answer side of an interview to retrieve verbatim quotes.

There are cheaper versions of VoiceEmotion, however, if channel separation is not as important to you. If you could get him to call you via Skype, you could easily record the conversation that way.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-04-20 12:00 am (UTC)
Thanks. I may look into VoiceEmotion depending on my experience with the Pamela program and whether I need to make recordings for public playback. (This is for a print interview, so the playback is mostly for me.)
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